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Events in History in September 2019

  • Sep 1 Hurricane Dorian makes landfall on Elbow Cay in the Abaco islands, northern Bahamas as a category five storm with winds of 180mph (285km/h)
  • Sep 1 Saudi-led coalition air strikes on Yemen city of Dhamar kills more than 100 people according to the Red Cross
  • Sep 1 German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier asks for Polish forgiveness for WWII at 80 year commemoration in Pilsudski Square, Warsaw
  • Sep 1 Co-founder and CEO of Twitter Jack Dorsey has his Twitter account hacked

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Sep 1 Exhibition on Christian Dior sets new attendance record of almost 595,000 in seven months on closing at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Fashion Designer Christian Dior
Fashion Designer
Christian Dior

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

Sep 2 British Prime Minister Boris Johnson threatens a snap general election if rebel MPs pass bill against no-deal Brexit

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson
British Prime Minister
Boris Johnson
  • Sep 2 Diving boat catches fire at night killing 34 asleep on board off Santa Cruz Island, California
  • Sep 2 Violence and looting directed at foreigners in Johannesburg results in five deaths and dozens arrested by South African police
  • Sep 3 Walmart says it will stop selling handguns and some ammunition and ask customers not to openly carry firearms in response to El Paso shootings
  • Sep 3 British PM Boris Johnson loses significant vote in parliament as MPs gain control of the timetable, orders whip withdrawn from 21 rebel Tory MPs

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Sep 3 Unknown text by John Locke “Reasons for tolerateing Papists equally with others” (1667-68), an argument for religious toleration announced discovered at St John’s College, Annapolis

Philosopher John Locke
Philosopher
John Locke
  • Sep 3 Hurricane Dorian finally moves off Grand Bahama after stalling for more than a day bringing catastrophic devastation, killing at least 50 with over 2,000 people missing
  • Sep 4 Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam withdraws controversial extradition bill to China after three months of massive protests
  • Sep 4 British rebel alliance of MPs vote to ban a no-deal Brexit and reject PM Boris Johnson's call for a snap election
  • Sep 5 New theory the Loss Ness monster may be a giant eel after DNA study reveals no plesiosaur or sturgeon DNA found
  • Sep 5 South African women march on parliament to protest violence against women after month where 30 killed by their spouses

  • Sep 5 Erramatti Mangamma becomes the world's oldest living mother giving birth to twins aged 74 in Hyderabad, India
  • Sep 7 Indian Space Agency loses contact with its Chandrayaan-2 moon lander just 2 km from landing on the Moon's surface

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Sep 7 US President Donald Trump says he has cancelled a secret meeting with the Taliban for peace talks at Camp David

45th US President, Businessman and TV Personality Donald Trump
45th US President, Businessman and TV Personality
Donald Trump
  • Sep 8 Typhoon Faxai makes landfall near Tokyo, Japan, with winds of up to 210km/h (130mph)

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Sep 8 Estimated 1 million attend a mass held by Pope Francis near Antananarivo, Madagascar

  • Sep 8 Cargo ship Golden Ray catches fire and capsizes in St Simons Sound, off coast of Georgia, trapping four crew inside
  • Sep 8 Brazil's Supreme Court rules Marvel comic depicting two men kissing can be sold after mayor of Rio de Janeiro attempted to ban it
  • Sep 9 Australia experiences its earliest and most severe start to the fire season after fighting dozens of bushfires in Queensland and New South Wales
  • Sep 9 Nigerian government says it will repatriate 600 people from South Africa after two people killed in wave of xenophobic violence in Johannesburg
  • Sep 9 Scientist reveal evidence of humans earliest milk consumption, 6,000 years ago from the dental plaque of teeth of prehistoric farmers from Britain

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Sep 9 Poet John Milton's own copy of Shakespeare's First Folio of 1623 has survived with his annotations according to scholar Jason Scott-Warren in Philadelphia library, could be world's most important modern literary discovery

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Sep 10 Alibaba chairman Jack Ma steps down, succeeded by Daniel Zhang

Alibaba Entrepreneur Jack Ma
Alibaba Entrepreneur
Jack Ma
  • Sep 10 Bolivian wildfires have destroyed two million hectares (almost five million acres), of forest and grassland since August according to College of Biologists in La Paz
  • Sep 10 Iranian woman Sahar Khodayari dies after setting herself on fire during her trial, for entering a stadium disguised as a man in Tehran

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Sep 10 Novelist Margaret Atwood publishes "The Testaments", her follow-up to "The Handmaid's Tale"

  • Sep 10 Malaysia's National Disaster Management Agency deliver half a million face masks to Sarawak state, after more than 930,000 hectares (about 2.3 million acres) burnt in Indonesia cause hazardous levels of air pollution
  • Sep 11 Water detected for first time on planet outside out solar system, on exoplanet K2-18b 110 light-years away, in findings published in "Nature Astronomy"
  • Sep 14 Drone attack on Abqaiq oil plant in Saudi Arabia takes out half of country's oil production and 5% of the world's. Yemen Houthi rebels claim responsibility.
  • Sep 15 UK PM Boris Johnson compares himself to Marvel Hulk character in newspaper interview "The madder Hulk gets, the stronger Hulk gets" about UK exiting the EU

  • Sep 15 Hong Kong police fire water cannons and tear gas at thousands of protesters outside the British embassy, as protests continue in the city
  • Sep 16 50,000 workers at General Motors go on strike in the US over pay and factory closings
  • Sep 16 Study puts prices on value of "thoughts and prayers", average Christian willing to pay US$4 for a prayer, average atheists would pay US$3 not to receive one, published in "Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences"
  • Sep 16 Guantánamo Bay is the world's most expensive prison at US$13 million per prisoner according to investigation by "The New York Times"
  • Sep 16 Personal data on every Ecuadorean citizen discovered online on unsecured cloud server
  • Sep 17 Indonesia raises the female marriage age to 19, in line with males, to curb child marriages

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Sep 17 Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg tells US Congress "I know you are trying but just not hard enough. Sorry.”

Climate Activist Greta Thunberg
Climate Activist
Greta Thunberg

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

Sep 18 Photo of Canadian PM Justin Trudeau wearing brownface in 2001 emerges during Canadian election campiagn

Prime Minister of Canada Justin Trudeau
Prime Minister of Canada
Justin Trudeau
  • Sep 18 US White House bars California and other states from setting their own emission standards
  • Sep 18 Indian government proposes a ban on e-cigarettes
  • Sep 18 Boarding school fire kills at least 27 in Monrovia, Liberia

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Sep 18 Second Israel General Election in five months results in another deadlock between Benny Gantz's Blue and White Party and Likud Party under Benjamin Netanyahu

Prime Minister of Israel Benjamin Netanyahu
Prime Minister of Israel
Benjamin Netanyahu
  • Sep 18 Saudi Arabia's Defense Ministry says Iran was to blame for drone attack on Saudi oil facilities
  • Sep 19 North America has lost 3 billion birds (29%) since 1970 according to analysis published in "Science"
  • Sep 19 Likely US drone attack kills at least 30 and injures 28 in Nangarhar Province,, Afghanistan
  • Sep 19 Taliban suicide truck bombing kills 22 and injures 90 at a hospital in Zabul Province, southern Afghanistan
  • Sep 19 Tropical Depression Imelda hits southeast Texas and Louisiana prompting widespread evacuations
  • Sep 20 Students from 185 countries stage the world's largest-ever protest on climate change culminating in Manhattan rally led by Greta Thunberg
  • Sep 20 Rare Egyptian political protests take place against corruption in President Abdul Fattah al-Sisi's government in Tahrir Square, Cairo and elsewhere
  • Sep 20 Australian PM Scott Morrison welcomed for week-long visit at the White House by US President Donald Trump
  • Sep 20 The MOSAiC expedition, the greatest Arctic research expedition ever, sets sail from Norway, aims to stay trapped in ice for a year to study climate change
  • Sep 20 Researchers for SETI (Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence) propose that aliens may have bugged earths co-orbitals (nearby orbiting rocks) in "The Astronomical Journal"
  • Sep 21 "Queer Eye" star Jonathan Van Ness reveals he is living with HIV and is a sexual abuse survivor, ahead of the publication of his autobiography
  • Sep 21 Skies turn red over Jambi province, Indonesia, as worst illegal forest fires since 2015 burn more than 800,000 acres, creating respiratory problems for a million people
  • Sep 22 US President Donald Trump admits he spoke to Ukrainian President about Joe Biden's son, after news a US intelligence officer made an official complaint about the call

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Sep 22 "Howdy, Modi!" US President Donald Trump holds a mass rally for Indian PM Narendra Modi in Houston, Texas

15th Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi
15th Prime Minister of India
Narendra Modi
45th US President, Businessman and TV Personality Donald Trump
45th US President, Businessman and TV Personality
Donald Trump
  • Sep 22 Alexander Zverev beats Milos Raonic 6-4 3-6 10-4 to earn Team Europe a dramatic 13-11 win over Team World in the Laver Cup in Geneva; Europe's 3rd straight win
  • Sep 23 178 year old British travel company Thomas Cook goes into liquidation, stranding 600,000 travellers worldwide, prompting largest postwar repatriation effort by UK government
  • Sep 23 Climate activist Greta Thunberg scolds world leaders "How Dare You" for not addressing climate change at the UN Climate Action Summit in New York
  • Sep 23 Renewed violence in West Papua region, Indonesia, leaves 27 dead in capital Wamena after protesters set fire to buildings over racism claims
  • Sep 23 Haitian Senator Jean-Marie Ralph Féthière opens fire hitting a journalist leaving parliament in Port-au-Prince
  • Sep 23 US police officer fired after arresting two six-year-olds at a school on charges of misdemeanour battery in Florida
  • Sep 24 UK Supreme Court rules suspension of UK parliament for 5 weeks by Boris Johnson's Conservative government was unlawful

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Sep 24 Nancy Pelosi announces formal impeachment inquiry into US President Donald Trump, arguing that he tried to enlist a foreign power for his own political gain

US Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi
US Speaker of the House
Nancy Pelosi
45th US President, Businessman and TV Personality Donald Trump
45th US President, Businessman and TV Personality
Donald Trump

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Sep 24 Spain's Supreme Court rules body of dictator Francisco Franco can be removed from state mausoleum, the Valley of the Fallen, to municipal cemetery

Spanish Dictator and General Francisco Franco
Spanish Dictator and General
Francisco Franco
  • Sep 24 5.8 magnitude earthquake in northern Pakistan kills at least 10 and injures 300
  • Sep 24 Protests outside Indonesian parliament and elsewhere over proposed new laws banning sex before marriage, abortion and insulting the president
  • Sep 25 Australia's Capital Territory becomes the 1st state in Australia to legalize recreational marijuana
  • Sep 25 Hazzaa AlMansoori becomes first Emirati in space and first Arab astronaut to travel to the International Space Station, travelling on Russian Soyuz-MS 15 spacecraft

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Sep 25 Chinese President Xi Jinping opens Beijing's new Daxing International Airport designed by Zaha Hadid

Paramount Leader of China Xi Jinping
Paramount Leader of China
Xi Jinping
  • Sep 25 Bulgarian economist Kristalina Georgieva named as the new head of the IMF
  • Sep 25 Oaxaca becomes the second Mexican state to decriminalize abortion, during the first 12 weeks
  • Sep 26 US Income inequality widest for over 50 years, worst in California, Connecticut, Florida, Louisiana and New York, according to new census figures
  • Sep 26 WHO announces 800,000 children in DR Congo will be vaccinated in nine days in worlds's largest measles epidemic that has taken over 3,500 lives
  • Sep 26 Abortion is decriminalized in New South Wales, the last remaining Australian state to do so
  • Sep 27 US Democrats issue their first subpoena to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, in impeachment inquiry

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Sep 28 Elon Musk unveils SpaceX spacecraft Starship, designed to travel to Mars and the solar system and land back on earth

Entrepreneur Elon Musk
Entrepreneur
Elon Musk
  • Sep 28 Hurricane Lorenzo becomes 1st category 5 storm to be recorded so far north and east, 1,420 miles southwest of the Azores
  • Sep 29 In Austrian general election conservative People's Party led by Sebastian Kurz the leading party with 38% of the vote
  • Sep 29 Houthi rebels from Yemen claim they have killed 500 Saudi soldiers and captured 2,000 along with military a convoy in Najran region, Saudi Arabia
  • Sep 30 315 billion-tonne iceberg named D28 calves from Amery ice shelf, Antarctica